The Department of Agriculture (DA) Western Visayas has teamed up with the Central Philippine State University (CPSU) in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental for the establishment of the Province-led Agriculture and Fisheries Extension System (PAFES) meaning to generate agri-based livelihood and enterprises among the farming sector through research, development, and extension.
“PAFES is one of the 12 key strategies being adopted by the agency to advance modernization in Philippine agriculture. We hope to foster sustained and stronger ties with the LGUs, state universities and colleges, and other stakeholders through this strategy,” said Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter of DA Western Visayas during the orientation held in Bacolod City on February 16.
According to Recoter, DA identified Negros Occidental as among the 16 pilot provinces for PAFES implementation based on the expressed interest of the LGU, capacity and quality governance, potential and presence of SUC with a strong Agri-Fishery Research, Development, and Extension Program.
Recoter inked a memorandum of agreement with CPSU president Aladino Moraca for the granting of P1 million fund for the conduct of Rapid Appraisal of Negros Occidental to roll-out the system implementation.
“There is a need for rapid appraisal to ascertain the gap and the readiness of Negros Occidental province once the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia petition takes effect next year,” she said.
Partnering with the 74-year old CPSU, the PAFES central goals of developing strong research and extension linkages, increasing rural income and livelihood, improving the institutional capabilities, and sustaining co-financing arrangements are seemed attainable, according to Recoter.
CPSU is also a recipient of P4.5 million worth of climate-resilient training center, rainwater harvester, and solar irrigation system, plus P8.5 million funding for extension services to farmers belonging to Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) Village. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, CPSU, and DA will convene anew next week for the crafting of the technical working group as well as the work and financial plan for the rapid appraisal activities. ###SMHToreno/DA-RAFIS 6